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Choose Well with Health Compare

Choose Well with Health Compare

Have you ever wondered how much easier things would be if you could compare and choose your NHS treatment and other healthcare services in the same way you might use or MoneySavingExpert to compare other essential suppliers? We did…

Welcome to Health Compare, a new comparison website dedicated to helping you and your family choose well.

We are the only platform that enables you to search for and compare the full range of health and care options in England – NHS, private self-pay and covered by insurance – in one place online.

Health Compare is free, easy to use and impartial, with no sponsored search results. This means that regardless of whether your online search for the shortest wait time or highest quality rating displays an NHS or private healthcare provider, your closest matched results will always appear in a way that is fair and impartial.

Health Compare brings together important healthcare provider and treatment data from a wide range of sources - including the NHS, The Care Quality Commission, The General Medical Council, private healthcare providers and medical insurers - in one convenient place online, giving you the opportunity to compare providers and choose the ones that work for you.

This includes:

Health Compare’s team of healthcare data experts have designed a unique set of search tools that allow you to personalise the way you find and review healthcare providers across England.

We believe passionately in helping people understand more about the rights they have to make positive choices about their healthcare - choices that could mean you or your loved ones get seen faster, feel better quicker and can get back to focusing on the things that matter in life.


We want you to know all the treatment options that may be available to you and to have the opportunity to choose a hospital that works for you.

We want you to know all the treatment options that may be available to you and to have the opportunity to choose a hospital that works for you.

For example, many people don’t know they have a legal right to choose an NHS or private hospital for their NHS-funded treatment; or that they also have a right to switch to a different hospital if they’ve been waiting over 18 weeks for their NHS treatment to begin. As hospital waiting times and quality of care can vary greatly across England, we believe it’s important that people understand their rights and know they have these options, to help you make the most of Health Compare and choose well.

Health Compare includes over 700 NHS and private hospitals that offer NHS treatment, plus a range of hospitals offering only NHS or private treatment if that is your preference. You can search and compare all hospitals featured quickly and easily, based on things that matter to you - from waiting times to quality ratings to data on consultant doctors.

Simply enter the treatment you require (if known), your postcode and how far you’d be willing to travel, then tap the search button and browse a selection of NHS and private healthcare providers that match your criteria. Alongside your search results, to make sure you don’t miss out on the most convenient option, the Health Compare algorithm automatically includes the nearest hospital results to your postcode based on popular search criteria, such as the shortest wait time or highest quality rating by England’s health and social care regulator, The Care Quality Commission.

If you’d like more information, we’ve produced a dedicated guide to choosing a hospital that’s right for you. It covers key points to help you understand the NHS hospital referral system and ensure you and your family get the best outcomes, things to think about when choosing NHS treatment or private self-pay, as well as things to know when choosing a health insurance policy. Read the guide now

Start your hospital search now by clicking here.

GP Practices

You have a legal right to choose which NHS GP practice to register with, so Health Compare aims to help you choose well.

Whether you’d prefer to register with a GP practice close to your home, children’s school or work, our database of over 6,500 practices across England is designed to help you find a GP practice that works for you and your family.

To search for and compare GP practices near you, simply visit the GP Practices area of Health Compare, enter your preferred postcode and the distance you’re willing to travel then browse GP Practice results that match your criteria. As well as important details such as ratings from the Care Quality Commission and the number of patients registered, you’ll also receive practical information such as the distance from your chosen postcode and the names of GPs working at the practice. You’ll also be able to contact practices you’re interested in and make enquiries.

Search for a GP practice now by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can read our full guide to choosing a GP practice here.

Online Doctors

Our online doctor area helps you choose well by finding the right support quickly when you need care.

Seeing and speaking with an online doctor can be just like seeing and speaking with a regular GP during a traditional practice appointment, but can take place in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or when you are on-the-go.

As well as medical advice and peace of mind, they can help you access prescriptions, referral letters and sick notes, without the inconvenience of travelling to a surgery or sitting in waiting rooms.

To compare online doctors, simply visit our relevant page then tap the ‘search’ button to view and compare providers to find the one that best suits you. You can then click through to their website and make an appointment.

For more information about online doctor consultations, read our dedicated guide.

Start your online doctor search now by clicking here.

Health Insurance

A health insurance policy can provide you with ways to access a faster diagnosis by shortening the time you have to wait to see a consultant of your choice, whilst helping to pay for some or all of the treatment you may need.

Health Compare can help you choose well with an online search tool that lets you compare all major health insurance policies to find a product that is right for you (including insurance for pre-existing conditions).

Health Compare is impartial and does not display sponsored or paid-for search results. All brokers listed have been thoroughly researched and pre-selected to appear on Health Compare, and only if they rated higher than four out of five on one or more of the established user-review sites such as Trustpilot, FEEFO or

To begin your search, visit the Health Insurance area of Health Compare and tap the ‘compare’ button to start receiving competitive health insurance quotes to review.

Through the health insurance section, you also have the option to compare brokers before contacting them directly to speak to an independent, fully qualified and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated advisor.

If you already have a policy, you can also use our dedicated hospital search to find hospitals authorised to provide treatment under that policy.

Start your health insurance search by clicking here now.

Alternatively, read our guide to health insurance.

Care Homes

Health Compare’s dedicated care home search tool can help you or a family member choose well and find the perfect home away from home.

With over 15,000 care homes across England included in our database, you can review our impartial search results to see key features and quality ratings before contacting providers to find out more or arrange a personal visit.

To begin your search, visit the Care Home area of Health Compare and select your chosen care home type in the search bar. Once selected, enter the type of care you require, as well as your postcode and the maximum distance you’re willing to consider then press the search button; you’ll be presented with search results that fit your chosen criteria.

Start searching for the right care home now by clicking here.

Alternatively read our guide to choosing the right care home.

Care at Home

If you or your loved one would prefer to continue living at home instead of moving to a dedicated care home, Health Compare can help you choose well by finding the right home care package for you.

Home care helps people who need some extra day-to-day support but want to retain their overall independence. It can also be more cost-effective than moving to a care home and local authorities may also be able to provide financial support.

Health Compare’s impartial database features over 9,000 providers in England who can provide a range of support depending on your individual needs.

To start your search for your ideal home care provider, visit the Care at Home area of Health Compare and choose the type of care you require in the search bar. Once you’ve made your choices, you can enter your postcode and the maximum distance from a provider you’re willing to consider before pressing the search button. You’ll then be presented with search results that fit your chosen criteria.

Start searching for the right home care package for you or a loved one here.

Alternatively read our guide to care at home here.

More information

For more information about your healthcare rights, tap here.

For more information about Health Compare, visit our About Us page. You can also contact us here.

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